Deer Mountain A  
Condition Updates  
Route: Mt. champion to deer Mtn.
Posted On: 2020-10-12, By: smartt
Info: Inch of fresh snow the night prior made conditions for this route very good. Used micro spikes from mt. Champion to UN 13,736 to Deer Mtn. Could not have asked for a better day in that weather and area. 
Route: NW ridge from North Fork Lake TH
Posted On: 2020-09-06, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Easy class 1 trail approach to the NW ridge of Deer. Ridge to the summit is probably a 2-2+ depending on your line to gain it. 
Route: Northeast Ridge and South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-27, By: supranihilest
Info: Northeast Ridge from Oklahoma is dry. From the saddle there's approximately 1,000 vert to the summit. The first 800 or so feet are steep but not too loose; stay to climber's right. The Class 3 scramble is short and on pretty friable rock, kind of junky stuff sandwiched with dirt. It's short though, maybe 10-20 feet. Above that is Class 2 terrain, then a short traverse on boulders to a short Class 3 dihedral/slab that I went over to the right about 20 feet up. Another traverse and climbing on super loose Class 2 took me to the final Class 4 slab, which was a bit more solid but still required testing of every hold. The rock was quite smooth. Fun scrambling to the short summit ridge. I descended the south ridge to "K 49", the vast majority of which is Class 2. There's a short Class 3 wall on junky white rock at the first major saddle, but that's about it as far as difficulty goes. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-10-06, By: WildWanderer
Info: Lots of cleared avalanche debris before the Massive turnoff. There's one more area of avy debris just after the 2 small stream crossings that hasn't been cleared. It's short, but wouldn't be fun to cross in the dark as there's no established path yet. North Halfmoon Creek is very low in the basin so I just walked on its rocks all the way to the end of the basin to avoid the willows. There was a light dusting of snow/ice on the summit because it snowed a bit on my hike in, making the final class 4 section "fun". Otherwise, clear conditions. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-27, By: desertdog
Info: I started at the North Lake Creek TH on Hwy 82 and hiked all the way to Deer's saddle on a good trail. Once at the saddle you climb up the west ridge. The bottom of the ridge has a small head wall to work around. This is the hardest part of the climb because it is so loose. Climbers right from the head wall (my ascent route) has a very loose climbers/game trail. Climbers left (my descent route) has some easy class 3 slabs, but is also loose in places. Once past this obstruction the climb becomes pretty easy class 2+. There are trail segments, but I stayed on the ridge most of the time. I clocked it at 10 miles RT. 
Route: From Champion
Posted On: 2019-07-21, By: cottonmountaineering
Info: Just wanted to post some info on this traverse, starting at the lackawanna TH you can follow the same road up as towards Lackawanna, hang a left when it makes sense to get in the valley. Cross a stream then angle up and left towards treeline. You'll get to an old mining camp above treeline, then can go up Champion and UN 13,736. From 13,736, descend down to a low saddle towards Deer mtn A. You can bail off this ridge if needed to Lake creek. Otherwise continue up towards deer, there are a few sections of class 3ish terrain. Descend deer via the opposite ridge (class 2) to Frying pan/Lake creek saddle and walk a nice trail back to the trailhead 
Route: Oklahoma/Deer/K 49 Loop
Posted On: 2018-06-24, By: JasonKline
Info: Other than one brief snow crossing below the summit of Oklahoma, snow was avoidable the entire loop of Oklahoma/Deer Mountain A/K 49 (including the tougher parts on Deer Mountain A). Ice axe and microspikes are unnecessary. 
Route: NW Ridge
Posted On: 2016-08-30, By: jwinters
Info: Beautiful day on Deer Mountain, Pt. 13,736 and Mt. Champion from North Fork Lake Creek. Rocks on NW aspects were slick first thing, lots of sun got things melting, however. Snow not an issue on these peaks. The Southern Sawatch looks like it got hammered though... 
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